Deal me in for a great vacation value.
It’s human nature to want the best price on something. I mean, how many times have I been super pumped when that cute JCrew piece I’ve been eyeing is finally on the sale rack AND it’s an extra 40% off that day? Plenty. But just because something has a low price doesn’t mean it’s a great VALUE. If the quality isn’t there, it’s not a good deal.
If you found a really cheap car, but you could tell it would it would fall apart right after you got it, would you buy it? Of course not.
The most important thing to remember in travel – in everything, really – is that a good travel DEAL is not necessarily a good travel VALUE.
We want our customers to say, “that is the best vacation I have EVER taken!” Five years later, you don’t remember that you saved $200 by booking on the internet, you remember the quality of the experience. You remember the amazing mussels at that sushi place in St. Thomas that Dean recommended. You remember the gorgeous view from your 29th floor balcony room overlooking Diamond Head on Oahu, the same floor that Jody stayed on when she went. You remember the destination that Diana said was fabulous – and it was. You remember the excursion that Yen said not to miss, and the extra amenities that Julie added to your vacation package at no extra charge. How many vacationers have returned home and said, “that was the best deal we ever got?” Said no one, ever.
So what makes a trip a good value? Here are some factors our agents take into account on every single trip our customers take:
Location, size and amenities of the hotel your travel professional recommends. For instance, for a few more dollars, you can get a room with a great view of the ocean or ancient city. Believe me, this adds a lot to your vacation experience. If the hotel in that cheap internet package isn’t conveniently located, you’re going to be spending a lot of extra money – and time – getting to the things you went there to visit in the first place.
The right destination for YOU, not the right destination for every person out there searching the internet for a good deal. If you like walking on the beach, you want a place with a good beach. Just because the beach looks good in those website pictures, doesn’t mean you can walk for miles in the sand every morning. Remember, those pictures are called ADVERTISING.
You want someone picking you up at the airport, not leaving you stranded. For a little more money, you can get a non-stop transfer to your hotel, versus being at the end of the line on the drop-off schedule and wasting two hours in a van instead of spending two hours at your destination. The internet doesn’t tell you these things.
If you’re going to be eating at your resort all week, you want to be assured that you will WANT to eat the food. Chances are, your travel professional has been to the resort you are going to, or has a client who has, and can assure you that you won’t be eating out of vending machines your entire trip because nothing on the buffet looks good.
Does your one big dream vacation this year really deserve finding the lowest price out there? No. Your vacation deserves a professional travel advocate helping you make the right choices, and at the same time protecting your valuable travel investment.